How to Start a Blog TUTORIAL + BLOOPERS (1/3)

How to Start a Blog TUTORIAL + BLOOPERS (1/3)


If you’re looking for an easy, budget-friendly, quick how to start a blog tutorial, you’ve come to the right place. Hi, I’m Amy, I’ve been blogging for 15 years and I have started a lot of blogs in my day. By the end of this short video, you will have your own blog. Let’s go to the computer! First, go to getablog.com. Click the link to go to Bluehost and hit “Get Started.” Select your plan. I like the Choice Plus plan because it comes with more unlimited features and it comes with domain privacy. Domain privacy keeps your contact information hidden from the public. But if you choose one of the other plans, you can add domain privacy in a minute, for about a dollar a month. Choose your plan by clicking one of the select buttons. Second, enter the domain you want to use for your blog. Your domain is your web address. For example, my domain is AmyLynnAndrews.com. I’ll assume most of us will need a new domain in which case enter it in the new domain box Here’s a tip: if you’re not sure what domain to use, or the domain you want is unavailable, click the Choose Later link at the bottom of the page. This will let you set up your blog while you think of the perfect domain. You can easily add it later. Third, enter your contact information manually or sign-in with Google. Choose a package by clicking the arrows. This tells Bluehost how far in advance you want to pay You may notice Bluehost doesn’t have an option to pay month to month. Hosts that do typically charge a lot more. We’re going for budget friendly here. Also, don’t forget there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee. I skip all the package extras except Domain Privacy. It’s free here because I opted for the Choice Plus plan. If you selected one of the other plans, this is where you would add it. And if you opted to choose your domain later, you won’t see Domain Privacy listed here. You’ll add it when you choose your domain. Enter your payment information, agree to the Terms of Service and hit submit If I’m offered any upgrades, I just skip them. Set a password for your Bluehost account, click next and log in. Fourth, you may be given the option to pick a free WordPress theme, but I skip this. A lot of free WordPress themes aren’t written very well and have holes in their security. I just click the link at the bottom. It might take a bit to get set up. Note that your blog will start on a temporary domain. If you chose a new domain, it will switch as soon as your domain’s fully registered. And if you’re choosing your domain later, it’ll get switched out then. Click the Start Building button to open WordPress. Congratulations, you have a blog! If you want to see what your blog looks like at this point, or at any point, hover over the house icon in the top left corner and click Visit Site. Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Oh, this is terrible!” And I agree. It doesn’t look like much now, but don’t worry, keep following along and I’ll show you how to get things set up and looking great. There you have it! You are the owner of a new blog. Follow along and I will get you all set up and ready to write! New WordPress sites don’t mean to be ugly. The steps I’m about to show you are the exact steps I would show my own mother. She’s never gonna start a blog. That’s OK. She’s good at other things. If you’re watching on YouTube, you might…check…links…below.

4 thoughts on “How to Start a Blog TUTORIAL + BLOOPERS (1/3)

  1. I was reading your blog and decided to watch the video. I have a quesyion: Does this work well on mobile? I am very anxious/excited about starting my blog. I've been thinking about it a lot lately and figured, now is just as good a time as any. Thanks a lot.

  2. Hi Amy. Thank you for the detailed explanation. Just letting you know that there is no choose later option for entering a domain name.

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